Jan 13, 2009 8:51am
Re: '09 Ticket Info from Dead.net
Then you should enjoy the lead article from our local paper yesterday:
Police say Greenfield man sold daughter for marriage
By LARRY PARSONS
Herald staff writer
Posted: 01/12/2009 10:38:41 AM PST
Greenfield police say they arrested a 36-year-old man who arranged to sell his 14-year-old daughter to a man for marriage in exchange for $16,000, 150 cases of beer, several cases of meat and soda and wine. An 18-year-old Greenfield man who lived with the girl for a week after the purported transaction was detained on suspicion of statutory rape.
Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier said officers have heard several accounts of arranged marriages between young girls and older men, but this case developed in a way that made arrests and prosecution more possible.
Marcelino de Jesus Martinez was arrested Sunday on suspicion of accepting the offer of money, beer and meat to place his daughter with Margarito de Jesus Galindo, police said.
Police became aware of the transaction after Martinez asked police to return his daughter. The father said the girl had run away, but police came to believe that he wanted her back because her suitor hadn't paid up, Grebmeirer said.
"We were working on this one kind of backward. We hear about these things all the time, but they are kind of tough to investigate or prove," Grebmeier said today.
Grebmeier said arranged marriages are common in many cultures, but California has laws against sexual relations with a person under 18 and against human trafficking. State law also prohibits arranged marriage in which coercion is used on one or both parties, he said.
He said the girl apparently went willingly to the young man's home, but at 14 she is under the state's age of consent and can't legally marry.